Summer Undergraduate Data Science (SUDS) Research Program

May-August 2022


Through the SUDS Research Program, undergraduate students, who are interested in exploring data science as a career path, have an exciting opportunity to engage in hands-on research led by Data Sciences Institute member faculty and scientists across the three campuses.

Program Highlights

  • 12-weeks from May to mid-August
  • Minimum award $7,200, for up to 25 students
  • All SUDS students are invited to participate in SUDS program activities
  • Bi-weekly seminars presented by DSI researchers
  • Opportunity to present research projects at the annual DSI Research Day and interact with DSI researchers throughout the summer

The SUDS Research Program is an ideal way to get involved in a high-quality and enriching data sciences research and to experience applications of data science methods and tools in a range of application areas.

The DSI is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

How it Works

  • SUDS research opportunities are solicited from UofT faculty members and funding partner scientists that are focused on data sciences methodology applications in any research area. Faculty members and principal investigators who have one or more positions available for a summer student submit their research opportunities. Research opportunities can include any aspect of basic, applied, or clinical research.
  • The approved list of research opportunity descriptions and supervisors is posted on the DSI website. Interested students apply and rank their top 5 choices.
  • The DSI office and a selection committee review and assess the student applications. Highly ranked applications are sent to the supervisor for consideration and approval.
  • Students work on their data science research opportunities and, in addition, the SUDS student cohort across all research opportunities are provided with a full set of data sciences networking, academic, and research opportunities.

Student Researchers

Expand the sections below to learn more about eligibility and how to apply for a SUDS summer student opportunity! 

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or foreign student with valid student visa for the full summer term. 
  • Registered (at the time of application) as a full-time student in a bachelor's degree or professional undergraduate degree program at a Canadian university/college

  • $7,200 CAD provided by the Data Sciences Institute to the supervisor for the student.
  • Any supplement above this level may be set at the supervisor's or department's discretion.

  • 12 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1, 2022 and mid-August, 2022. Start dates and end dates are agreed upon for each student and supervisor.

  • Students interested in applying to posted positions are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as we receive a high volume of applications and positions are filled quickly. Positions will be posted on January 17, 2022.
  • You must apply directly via an online form. Please be aware that you will be required to submit your transcripts. As part of the online application, unofficial transcripts may be submitted for initial review.
  • Students will apply and rank their top 5 choices.

  • Research opportunities will be posted on January 17. 
  • The deadline for student applications is February 7.
  • All students and supervisors will be notified in March. 

Any SUDS student working on a SUDS research opportunity is warmly invited to participate in the SUDS Program activities.


Welcome and Orientation!

The SUDS program runs a research summer student-specific meet-and-greet orientation session in early May.


Weekly Scientific and Skills Seminars

Every other week, a leading Data Sciences Institute research member provides a dynamic, engaging talk intended to teach you something about a different area of research happening at the University of Toronto and our funding partners. By the end of the summer, you'll have a better understanding and appreciation of the key roles of data sciences advancing our knowledge in areas as diverse as social sciences, humanities, and physical and life sciences.

The program also runs two skills-focused seminars: winning posters and effective abstracts and a “how to talk to strangers” networking seminar. These sessions will teach you how to translate your research in a way that’s engaging, easy to understand, and inspiring. You’ll get best practices on writing effective abstracts, data visualizations, and receive design ideas, tools, and software suggestions you need to create dynamic, eye-catching posters—and hands-on practice and expert knowledge about how to meet and talk to new people about yourself and your research.


DSI Research Day
DSI Research Day gives you the full experience! You’ll submit an abstract, create a poster, present your work, and network with colleagues and researchers.

All SUDS students are invited to participate. We’ll also choose the student with the best abstract and invite you to give an oral presentation and a chance to win a prize!

  • Successful students cannot accept more than one summer studentship regardless of the funding source.
  • All selected summer students must attend a minimum of 75% of the weekly seminars and are required to give a presentation of their work at the DSI Research Day.
  • Successful applicants must acknowledge support from the “Data Sciences Institute, University of Toronto” in relevant presentations and publications arising from the supported research. Failure to acknowledge this support will result in future ineligibility of both the student and supervisor for DSI funding programs.
  • Selected students, supervisors, and opportunities will be posted on the DSI website.

The deadline for applications is now closed.

Supervisor Application / Research Opportunities

The supervisor application/research proposal submission deadline is now closed. Thank you to all who applied.


  • The supervisor and any co-supervisors must have a budgetary appointment either at the University of Toronto OR an external funding partner institution. Faculty budgetary appointments for the University of Toronto are continuing, full-time academic appointments with salary commitments from a University of Toronto academic unit.
  • Co-supervision is allowed and encouraged, but for funding purposes, one supervisor must be designated as the primary supervisor who holds the funds.
  • Proposed research should be focused on data sciences methodology or innovative applications in any research area. Research opportunities can include any aspect of basic, applied, or clinical research.

The deadline for applications is now closed.